J.M. Barrie Quotes

J.M. Barrie Quotes

To die would be an awfully big adventure.

All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.

Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.

If you have it [love], you don't need to have anything else, and if you don't have it, it doesn't matter much what else you have.

Life is a long lesson in humility.

The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it.

The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.

Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.

All you need is trust and a little bit of pixie dust!

I'm not young enough to know everything.

When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.

The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.

The door', replied Maimie, 'will always, always be open, and mother will always be waiting at it for me.

David tells me that fairies never say 'We feel happy': what they say is, 'We feel dancey'.

We are all failures- at least the best of us are.

The very smell of tobacco is abominable, for one cannot get it out of the curtains, and there is little pleasure in existence unless the curtains are all right.

Don't you understand Tink? You mean more to me than anything in this whole world!

The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.

Fairies have to be one thing or the other, because being so small they unfortunately have room for one feeling only at a time.

She asked where he lived.

Second to the right,' said Peter, 'and then straight on till morning.

The last thing he ever said to me was, 'Just always be waiting for me, and then some night you will hear me crowing.

It is frightfully difficult to know much about the fairies, and almost the only thing for certain is that there are fairies wherever there are children.

To live would be an awfully big adventure.

You know that place between sleep and awake, that place where you still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you. That’s where I’ll be waiting.

If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing.

Every child is thus affected thus the first time he is treated unfairly. All he thinks he has a right to when he comes to you to be yours is fairness. After you have been unfair to him he will love you again, but will never afterwards be quite the same boy.

He was a poet; and they are never exactly grown-up.

He did not alarm her, for she thought she had seen him before in the faces of many women who have no children. Perhaps he is to be found in the faces of some mothers also.

Love, it is said, is blind, but love is not blind. It is an extra eye, which shows us what is most worthy of regard. To see the best is to see most clearly, and it is the lover's privilege.

Courage is the thing. All goes if courage goes."

[The Rectorial Address Delivered by James M. Barrie at St. Andrew's University May 3, 1922, to the Red Gowns of St. Andrews, Canada, 1922]

Don't forget to speak scornfully of the Victorian Age; there will be time for meekness when you try to better it. Very soon you will be Victorian or that sort of thing yourselves; next session probably, when the freshman come up.

Pan, who and what art thou?" he cried huskily.
"I'm youth, I'm joy," Peter answered at a venture, "I'm a little bird that has broken out of the egg.

Ambition: it is the last infirmity of noble minds.

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